City Crab and Seafood Company
Cuisine: American Traditional, Seafood
Price Range: Moderate-Expensive
235 Park Avenue South
(at 19th Street)
New York, New York 10003
This Park Avenue South seafood establishment has a lot to offer. The décor is that of your typical NYC seafood joint, however there is a "Maryland Crab Eatery" feel to it. Wooden tables and chairs, a nice bar, lobster and crab tanks, upper and lower level seating with a small outside dining option for the warmer of days, and how could it be called City Crab without having a giant crab hanging inside! An interesting note on this restaurant is that their menu has items that change day to day, due to their fresh fare that comes in daily. There is even a raw bar that has patrons surrounding it all times of the day and night. Some stand out items on the menu are their crab cakes, which are very closely related to Maryland crab cakes, the fried oysters over Chevre spinach, as well as the Chef’s special of sage and olive oil rubbed monkfish.
Everyone knows that summer is the season for outdoor gatherings, specifically BBQ’s. We usually retire the bag of charcoal after our tummies are full of hotdogs and burgers, but lately, we have been reconsidering if the art of grilling really should only be limited for our carnivorous taste-buds. Welcome to 2009, where all food groups are taking the backseat and fruit (yes, FRUIT) is what is on the menu! Fried strawberries, bananas, pineapples, peaches and mango are just some of the options we have. The heat helps to caramelize the sugars in the fruit, which is not only tasty, but also healthy. Sigh. Finally, a dieter’s all natural dream come true! These all natural treats are also tasty on any desert, don’t think twice about frying up some banana and adding it to ice-cream for an after dinner delight!
Earlier today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), alerted consumers that they are at risk for E. coli contamination from consuming prepackaged Nestlé’s Toll House refrigerated cookie dough. Since March 2009, 66 reported illnesses have resulted from E. coli contaminated cookie dough and twenty five people have been hospitalized. The FDA and CDC have advised those who currently have refrigerated Nestlé’s Toll House products in their homes should immediately discard of the products.
It used to be that the only way to find a dessert on wheels was to chase down a beat up ice cream truck blaring an ear-piercing rendition of Pop Goes the Weasel and luring the city’s children like a diabetic pied-piper. And that was only in the summer. Of course in New York City 2009 there is a more sophisticated and year round alternative—dessert trucks. Rising in popularity over the years, several mobile confectionaries roll around the streets of Manhattan dispensing crème brulees with the spirit of Mister Softee and serving goat cheese cakes with the joy of the Good Humor Man.
Cuisine: Burgers and Such
Price Range: Inexpensive
24 East 12th Street
(between University Place and 5th Avenue)
New York, New York 10003
Declaring themselves as the “rare well-done burger restaurant”, Stand has something for every burger lover out there. What separates Stand from other well-known burger joints is that their menu has a special for every time of the day, leaving your wallet with a smile and your stomach full.
Price Range: Moderate
191 7th Avenue
(between 21st and 22nd)
New York, New York 10011
Gaining fame after airing on MTV’s The Hills as a nightlife haunt for Whitney, Lauren, and their bevy of attractive friends, Il Bastardo is a moderately priced Italian Steakhouse located in the heart of Chelsea. The expansive interior is a sleek fusion between a futuristic New York City and a rustic Tuscany. The faded brick walls and candle lit tables are brought to the future with a surreal 40 foot long bar, backlit by shadowy red lighting. Floor-to-ceiling sidewalk windows and curbside dining make this a nice location for a summer lunch, and the three dining rooms that seem to expand back into each other forever provide a more private, dimly lit romantic setting.
Cuisine: Gourmet cup cakes
If there is something the world needs, a high-end mobile cupcake truck is it. Thankfully, Lev Ekster, a recent law school graduate, has decided to put the law degree on hold for now and launch just that. Cupcake Stop, the first mobile cup cake truck of NYC, has embraced the newest form of technology, Twitter, to inform his loyal sugar craving fans where his truck will be parked and what he is serving each day. Ekster takes ordinary flavors to the next level, serving a black and white cupcake, chocolate peanut butter swirl, psychedelic tie die, and even peanut butter and jelly. This is not your supermarket-prepackaged cupcake. Ekster is dedicated to serving the people of NYC the most decadent treat possible as well as on the go.
High Line Park is New York City's first park with a view!
Located in the Meatpacking District, running between 34th street and Gansevoort Street, this once abandoned railroad viaduct stretches thirty feet above the streets of downtown New York, and offers a new experience for trendy Manhattanites. The park includes breathtaking views of the Hudson River, preserved nature, and echoes of New York's infamous skyline. The designers of this innovative project plan to leave the remaining train tracks along with the Art-Deco railings, and simply blend in new walkways and benches.
Al Di La Trattoria
248 5th Avenue (at Carroll Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 636-8888
Here is a bold statement: Al Di La is my favorite restaurant in Park slope. The main reason for my declaration of love is due to a pasta special that appears on the menu about every three weeks. The star entrée is a homemade gnocchi dish prepared in a pork shoulder ragu and topped with goat cheese. The gnocchi are little pillows of heaven, and the combination of pork and goat cheese create one sensational mouthwatering bite. When eating this dish, it becomes essential to tune out all surrounding sights and sounds in order to fully bask in the flavor of every morsel. The portion size is just right as well; enough to satisfy but not enough to make you want to unbutton your pants.
Cuisine: New American
Price Range: Moderate
118 E. 15th Street
(near Irving Place)
Brunch in NYC has become a rotating display of eggs benedict, eggs florentine and maybe a banana pancake or two. Lately I have been bored to tears at brunch, and wishing for a menu with that added pizzazz and oomph that seems to have disappeared on weekend mornings. Thankfully, I dined at Vintage Irving this past Sunday, and my love for brunch has been renewed. Vintage Irving, owned by Michael Sinensky (owner of Hudson Terrace and The Village Pourhouse and conjoined with Sidebar) is now my go to spot for the ideal brunch experience.